Tunnel safety

With three tolled tunnels in Brisbane alone, it’s important to know how to drive safely while underground.

TORY Nathan Tropey
PHOTO RACQ

THERE HAVE BEEN less crashes in Brisbane’s toll tunnels than across the road network, but the subterranean shortcuts are not without their safety issues.

RACQ Principal Traffic and Safety Engineer Greg Miszkowycz said incidents including breakdowns and crashes were still common and urged drivers to exercise caution when using the tunnel network.

“For many drivers, the tunnels are an unusual driving environment that they can find confusing,” he said.

Follow these tips and safety guidelines to ensure the safety of all tunnel users.

When travelling in a tunnel, always:

• Turn on your radio for updates and traffic information.
• Switch on your headlights.
• Take off your sunglasses (unless prescription).
• Obey all traffic signs, signals and pavement markings.
• Avoid lane changes if possible.
• Obey all changes in speed limits.
• Maintain a safe following distance.

If you breakdown in a tunnel:
• Try to move to an outside lane and switch on your hazard lights and radio.
• Stay calm – an incident response unit will quickly attend.
• Remain in your vehicle, unless there is a fire or you’re told to evacuate.
• If you do get out, watch for other traffic and move to a walkway or stand in front of your vehicle.
• If you need to call for help in a tunnel, phone 13 3331.

Know the tunnel restrictions:
• Pedestrians, cyclists, mopeds and tractors are prohibited from entering.
• Do not use tunnels if you drive an over-height vehicle.
• Ensure your load is safely secured, especially in open tray vehicles.

As Brisbane toll roads and tunnels do not have toll booths, be sure to organise other payment arrangements by visiting go via (govia.com.au), if you don’t already have a toll transponder.